By Patrick McIvor | Updated: 09/15/2010 11:48:04 AM
It’s funny how many people call or e-mail to ask how they can become an educator, get a job in New York, find models for a shoot or win a competition, etc. Then, when I ask specifics like, who do you want to teach for? What salon do you want to work with? Or what the is the idea for the shoot? The answers are very often: "anybody, anywhere, or I am just starting to think about it."
By Patrick McIvor | Updated: 08/31/2010 1:37:47 PM
I love learning from friends, because most of the time they are more honest about their experiences (what worked and didn’t work), and more open to sharing embarrassing things that happened while they were learning. That is why our studio is offering an open and ongoing shadowing program where outside stylists and colorists come and hang out with our team members.
By Patrick McIvor | Updated: 08/18/2010 9:40:35 AM
Last Friday, our studio held it’s latest Associates Soiree, planned by our team’s Artistic Director Tammy Reynolds and inspired by TLC’s Project Runway. Thirty-one friends, family and team members gathered to celebrate our associates while they demonstrated their talents in two timed skill challenges, creating bridal and avant garde looks.
By Patrick McIvor | Updated: 07/27/2010 10:12:55 AM
What an amazing weekend I had! On July 16, 2010, my grandmother turned
100 years old (see the video “my grandma dancing at her 100th birthday
party” on YouTube). Then, when I got home I heard that Matrix GM
Colin Walsh and his wife welcomed their second child into the world on
the same day. I realized that on July 16, I knew of someone
who was one day old and someone who was 100 years old. Since I don’t
think this will happen to me again, I started to think, “What does
someone who has lived a full life know that can help someone who is
By Patrick McIvor | Updated: 07/01/2010 1:32:29 PM
Some of us got it right in high school, including me. It took years for me to learn that there was a game and I was supposed
to play and win. I just went to my 25th high school reunion and I was
interested to see how “Most Likely to Succeed” did and how “Best Smile” looked. On our drive home, my wife and I started to relate the
labels to our profession. In our world, “Best Dressed,” “Most
Professional,” “Perfect Attendance,” “Everyone’s Friend” and “Most
Improved” is the secret to success, and if you’re smart enough to win
the title, it means you’re playing the game of success. For some it
comes naturally, and for others it takes a lot of hard work, but when
you stand out by being one of the “best” or “most” in your salon,
success is guaranteed.
By Patrick McIvor | Updated: 06/14/2010 11:27:22 AM
When people ask me to share a "secret to success" with a new person
entering the industry, it always strikes me as funny … like I have any
secrets. The secret to success is (dramatic pause) work hard at
everything from the beginning! The longer you wait for success, the
longer it will take to arrive. If you want to be successful, you need
to get out there and work hard, grab success by the horns and wrestle
it to the ground. Here is where success begins.